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The Secret Campsite Beech Estate in East Sussex

  • A child in the woodland
  • Hidden bell tent
  • Forest tent pitch
  • Reading by the campfire
  • Sunset at the Woodland Meadow
  • Faraway tent pitch
  • Views over the Bracken Valley
  • Campers can pitch their own tents
  • Children enjoying a swing
  • A bell tent at Beech Estate
  • Forest walks
  • Tents under starry skies
  • The site is in a 600-acre wood
  • Eco stoves at our woodland campsite
  • Wheelbarrows to get your kit to the pitches
  • Den Building
  • Campfires with grills for hire
  • Our outdoor bucket showers
  • Every pitch has its own fire pit
  • Secluded tent pitch
  • Hammock camping
  • Bluebell meadow
  • Wheelbarrows provided to transport your kit
  • New compost toilets 2019
Please note that photos are not always of the actual campsite

Beech Estate Campsite is part of Pegs and Pitches Camping, two beautiful woodland campsites in Sussex. Beech Estate is an off-grid campsite with the option to pitch your own tent or stay in one of the site's pre-erected, fully-equipped bell tents for a "wild glamping" experience. Campfires are welcome at our beautiful woodland campsite and each tent pitch and bell tent comes with its own fire pit area.

The site is located in East Sussex near the historic town of Battle, within easy reach of London, Hastings and the South Coast. It is nestled on the edge of a 600-acre woodland within the 2,000-acre private Beech Estate; a classified Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. The woodland offers limitless walks, forest rises perfect for mountain bike riding and areas for kids to make dens and run wild. Guests at the campsite have the exclusive use of the estate’s woodlands, as there is no access for the general public.

Tent pitches are set apart in clearings in our beautiful woodland location and, for campers wanting to feel very secluded, there are “faraway tent pitches”, set on top of a hill overlooking the Bracken Valley. These are very private, although there is a short additional walk to the toilets and shower.

Our lovely Bell Tents are also set in forest clearings and, in addition to designated fire pits and grills, come with their own firewood allocation, beds, a picnic table, camping chairs and cooking utensils for our "wild glamping" experience - ideal for families or those who want a comfortable hassle-free option. As we are off-grid, don't expect hair dryers, phone chargers, power points, butler service, silk sheets or hot tubs. "Wild glamping" is about a real camping experience made easy, with just about all the camping equipment you should need, set-up and waiting for you.

Adjacent to the campsite is the Estate’s meadowland area of conservation, which encompasses 110 acres of the largest and most important surviving tracts of interconnected ancient meadow in the South East. The Beech Estate woodlands and meadows support birds of prey such as hobby, buzzard, kestrel, sparrow hawks and barn owls. The meadows are full of orchids, ox-eye daisies, quaking grasses, bird’s foot trefoil and knapweed. As it stands 34 different species of butterfly have been identified on Beech Estate (including clouded yellows and painted ladies) as well as a number of rare insects.

We also provide our unique eco toilets and shower in a custom-made wooden gypsy-style caravan. The campsite is off-grid with no electricity but we have a mains water supply.

We have permanent wardens on site to assist our campers at all times and operate a small-scale quiet, relaxed and laid back campsite. We don’t allow amplified music and have a low noise policy from 10 pm in the evenings. The campsite is ideal for families and groups, to reconnect and renew friendships. Full campsite bookings are also available for special occasions.

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Reviews of The Secret Campsite Beech Estate

We have just enjoyed a wonderful stay at Beech Estate, and would defiantly recommend and return. We were looking for a quiet traffic free camp site and certainly found that in this wonderful woodland setting smothered in beautiful bluebells.We were welcomed promptly by Laurence and
Teresa who showed us around the site and to our pitch...........the children played all weekend and found some friends, and although the weather wasn't that reliable it didn't stop their fun. Teresa gave us a map for a lovely safe walk through the woodland directly to the pub, which was great for the children and their bikes, allowing them to really roam free.
We visited Battle one day and enjoyed the audio tour of the ballet field which the children found a bit of history too!! The feel of the campsite is very relaxed and chilled out and was exactly what we were looking for. Teresa and Lawrence were also interested in engaging with the children and talking to them about the natural environment, planting some seeds with them while we packed away on our last day really helped and gave our girls some plants to watch grow at home and remind them if their lovely weekend. Thank you for a lovely stay we will defiantly be back!!
The Hood family.
Rachael Hood (6th May 2015)
This was our second visit to Beech Estate. We first visited in April to find a tranquil pitch surrounded by bluebells. We had such a lovely time both at Easter and more recently in August. The campsite wardens Laurence and Theresa are so helpful and have started our break with such warm greetings to the site. We would recommend a trip into Battle which is only a short drive away and if you have young children Battle Abbey events are not to be missed. We particularly enjoy star gazing into a very un polluted night sky in the complete peace and quiet other than the occasional crackling of the fire. Sometimes it's good to step off the merry-go-round and stop and this is the perfect spot.
The Richardsons (6th Aug 2014)
I first came here on my own for a night of October Autumn camping and then returned with my teenage sons a week later during their half term holiday for a couple of the last nights of the season. The Beech Estate is a camp site without any trailers, caravans or camper vans where you can camp legally in beautiful surroundings with tarp and hammock or bivi (or indeed a tent), and a real camp fire. Ok it's not wilderness, and there's even mains water within a short walk, but it's a million miles away from the usual trailer park camp site. A lovely warden is there when you need help and leaves you alone to enjoy the tranquility of the forest when you don't. No need for a latrine trench, the composting loos are great. The predominantly silver birch and sweet chestnut woods make a super place to unwind and leave all the stress behind, and having the roam of such a large area of beautiful and mixed woodland is a special treat not to be missed. The site is very well drained so even when it had been raining a lot it didn't turn to quagmire. I would thoroughly recommend this place to anyone, especially families and individuals wanting to enjoy a simpler way of camping, or explore simple bushcraft skills without stepping on anyone's toes or doing anything illegal.
BushcraftBertie (15th Nov 2013)
Response from The Secret Campsite Beech Estate
Thanks Bushcraft Bertie - we love tent campers of all types and can always find more excluded pitches for campers like you who want the real woodland camping experience! See you in 2014!
We were a group of 6 families with 14 month old babies looking for a relaxing weekend away from London and the Beech Estate was perfect! We all had a great time and plan on returning one day. It was nice being somewhere so beautiful and peaceful, and being somewhere the babies were genuinely welcome. The on-site warden was very helpful too.
Marianne (9th Aug 2013)
Response from The Secret Campsite Beech Estate
Thanks Marianne - it's great to have parents introducing their children to the joys of camping so young!
We thoroughly enjoyed our stay at Beech Estate. The campsite is set in a huge woodland with each of the pitches set in glades in the forest. Campfires, chilled and relaxed vibe and compost loos - so very ecologically sound. Highly recommend to all.
Sophie Wells (19th Jan 2013)